Suicide bomb kills two near Sri Lankan Air Force headquarter in ColomboJanuary 2nd, 2009 - 10:08 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Jan.2 (ANI): At least two persons have died and 30 injured on Friday in the Sri Lanka capital after a Liberation Tigers ofTamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber blew himself up near the Sri Lankan Air force headquarters.
The incident occurred after the news about Sri Lankan Army taking control of the LLTEs de facto capital of Kilinochchi went public.
The explosion caused damage to a moving civilian bus in the area. The wounded have been rushed to nearby hospitals.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has termed the capture of LTTE-held Kilinochchi as an “unparalleled victory” for the forces.
Sources from President Mahinda Rajapaksa’’s office said that the troops entered Kilinochchi from two locations and after a fierce confrontation with the tigers, the Lankan army was in control of the town.
“Presently the 57 division troops and one battalion of the Sri Lankan army have entered Kilinochchi town,” military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said. On January 1, 2009 Lankan troops on captured Iranamadu junction, south of the LTTE’’s self-proclaimed capital of Kilinochchi and Paranthan town to the north. Sri Lanka’’s military has been closing in on Kilinochchi since September last year.
Over the past month, it has been assaulting Tiger defences encircling the town. (ANI)
Tags: air force headquarters, battalion, confrontation, eelam, january 1, lankan troops, liberation tigers, ltte suicide bomber, mahinda rajapaksa, mahinda rajapakse, military spokesman, nearby hospitals, president mahinda rajapaksa, proclaimed capital, sri lankan air, sri lankan air force, sri lankan army, sri lankan president, suicide bomb, two persons